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14-Part Television Series



The following questions were used to drive the discussion for each show.  As such, they serve as a useful guide to what was addressed on each show, and also can be used as a study guide for the book itself.


Witness Testimony -- Based on the Postscript (Episode 1)

How did you become Catholic?  Are you still a Jew?
 

Would you tell us your witness testimony, and how you see your conversion?

About the experience “on the beach”: 
if everything that happened to you was the most perfect thing, where does sin fit in?  That’s not perfect!
Why were you so resistant to it being Christ?  Where does the Jewish resistance to Christianity come from?
Why did you first look into New Age spirituality after the beach experience?
Why do you think so many people dabble in New Age?
How did your friends and Harvard colleagues react to your conversion?

About the “dream”
What questions did you ask the Blessed Virgin Mary?
What was it like to be in her presence?
How did you feel when you woke up the next morning?

How are things different now than before the experiences?


 Chapter 1  -- The Jews and the Coming of the Messiah (Episode 2)

What was God’s purpose in creating Judaism and the Jewish people?

Why does Judaism in the Old Testament have so many strict laws regulating almost everything – what you can eat, what you can wear, who you can touch, etc.?

Why did God choose the Jews?

What is the significance of Abraham’s near-sacrifice of Isaac, which you used for the cover of your book?

Are there other examples of Christian typology in Old Testament events?

What are the “idols” in the Old Testament?  Why was it so important for the Jews to avoid them?

What are the implications of the blessing the angel gave Abraham after the “binding” of Isaac?



Chapter 2 -- How Well Did the Jews Do? (Episode 3)

How can you say the Jews succeeded? What about their rejection of Jesus?

What happened to Judaism shortly after Christ?
how did it change?
what is the relationship between today’s Judaism and Old Testament Judaism

How did Jews at the time view Christianity?  How do Jews today view it?

How did the early Church view Jews and Judaism?  How does it today?

What do you mean by “Faithful Remnants”

What is the fate of Jews who reject Jesus?

Should we evangelize Jews?  Why?

How should one evangelize a Jewish friend or neighbor?

Are the Jews still the “chosen people”?

What is “Dual Covenant” theology?
what does it hold?
where does it come from?
how does it relate to New Testament teaching?
what is its danger/ what effect has it had?

How did you feel about being one of the “chosen people” before your conversion, and now?

What is Paul saying with his metaphor of the olive tree in Romans 11?



 
Chapter3 -- Jew, Gentile, and Church” (Episode 4)

What are pagan religions? Pagan gods? How do you know?

What is a Jew? a Gentile? a “proslyte”?

Why do even atheistic Jews often care about being Jewish?

Are you a Jew or a Catholic? Are you a convert?

Are Jewish Catholics distinct from Gentile Catholics?  Should they make an effort to be?

What is the dual-covenant theory? 
How did it come about? 
What has its effect been? 
How does it relate to Jesus’ words or Catholic dogma?

What does the first Church council teach us about whether Christianity is meant for the Jews?

How do we know Jesus wants Jews to “convert”?


 
Chapter 4 -- The Messianic Idea in Judaism (Episodes 5 and 6)

What does Judaism teach about the coming of the Messiah?
What do Jews today believe?
What are they “supposed” to believe?
Why the change?

What is the Talmud?
When and where was it written?
What does it consist of?
In what sense do Jews consider it “Divine Revelation”

What is the traditional (Talmud/Maimonides) teaching on the Messiah?

What Messianic prophecies did Jesus fulfil?

What Messianic prophecies didn’t Jesus fulfill?

What is the Jewish response to:
"born of a virgin”
“they pierced my hands and my feet”
Suffering Servant passage

What does the Talmud say about when the Messiah should come?

What do the Apocrypha say about the times when the Messiah comes?

 

Chapter 5 --  Judaism and the Holocaust (Episode 7)

Why do you bring in the Holocaust?

What does the Holocaust suggest about the role of the Jews in salvation?

Why do you call it the “Holocaust” rather than “Shoah”?

What effect has the Holocaust had on Judaism?

What does Judaism teach about:
the redemptive value of suffering?
Heaven and Hell?
the devil and demons
original sin

According to Judaism, what is the ultimate purpose of man’s time on earth?

Who are your Jewish “heroes” today?  “anti-heroes”?

How do you understand God letting the Holocaust happen?

How do you understand the devil inciting it?

How did Edith Stein understand the Holocaust?

 

Chapter 6 -- The Ideological Foundations of Nazism (Episodes 8, 9, and 10)

Why do you stress the occultism, eugenics, and sexual depravity that lay behind Nazism?

What was the relation between Margaret Sanger and “Planned Parenthood” and the Third Reich?

What did Margaret Sanger have to say about Concentration Camps?

Who were the inferior races to Sanger?

Did Nazism spring up overnight?
What paved the way for Nazism?
What is the relationship between sin and morality in the society and Nazism?
What do the “sexual preferences” of the Nazis have to do with their actions?

How can you substantiate the association between Nazism and homosexuality?
What about the visible “persecution” of homosexuals by the Nazis?

What is the link between occultism and Nazism?  Why is that relevant?

Wasn’t Nazism Christian?

How do you feel when you compare our society with Germany circa 1933?

Does anyone else see Nazism as “diabolical”?


 
Chapter 7 -- Anti-Semitism after the Holocaust (Episode 11)

What was the reaction in the Arab world to the rise of Nazism?

What were some of the relations between the Arab World and the Third Reich?
Before the War
During the War
After the War

Who was al-Husseini?  Why is he of interest?

What is the spiritual reason for the mutual sympathy between the Arabs and Hitler?

Wouldn’t you think that on the basis of their racism, the Nazis should have despised the Arabs?

How do you understand Islam?

Who is “Allah”? 
how do you know?
what does that say about well-meaning Muslims in their worship?

Can Muslims be worshipping God in Allah?
can Christians be worshipping a fallen spirit in “God”?

What does Islam say about the Jews?  the Christians?

How does history play into the Koran’s statements about pagan gods, Judaism, and Christianity?

What “parallels” do you see between Islam and Christianity?  Why are they there?

In Islam vs. Christianity, discuss the differences in the role of:
love
free will
marriage
heaven
the dignity of women
evangelization


 
Chapter 8 -- The Jews and the Second Coming (Episodes 12 and 13)

Is Jesus really going to come again?  What do we know about it?
When – what events must take place before He comes?
What prophecies do we have about it from his words?
What prophecies do we have about it from St. Paul?  Other epistles?
What prophecies from the Old Testament?

What does this all have to do with the Jews?

Where does the State of Israel fit into this?

Where does the Holocaust fit into this?

Where does Islam fit into this?

What is the “apostasy of the Gentiles”?

Who teaches about the return of the Jews?



 
Chapter 9 -- The Return of the Jews (Episode 14)

What does St. Paul say about the failure of the Jews to enter the Church, and their return, in Romans 9-11?

What do we learn from the stories of Jewish entrants into the Church?

Who are some notable Jewish converts?

Do you want to tell some of their stories?

Why is it important to evangelize the Jews, and pray for their conversion?

What is the current state of Jewish conversion?